Ten years of collaboration: The final symposium
of the BENEFIT and BCLME programmes - Swakopmund, November 2007
A three-day symposium which focussed on the key scientific
outcomes and other achievements of two regional marine programmes:
the Benguela Environment Fisheries Interaction and Training
(BENEFIT) and the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME)
Programme was held in Swakopmund in November.
New Report outlines a blueprint for protecting Southern Africa's
On Wednesday 25 July, WWF and the BCLME
Programme launched a new report that provides a detailed plan for
reducing the impacts of fishing on the marine ecosystems of
Ground-breaking fisheries blueprint takes
holistic approach to marine system, Cape Times, 26 July 2007 (pdf
file - 164,99KB)
Green groups pitch plan to reduce damage in
Benguela system, Business Day, 26 July 2007 (pdf
file - 192,87KB)
Plan to protect ocean not just fish species,
Cape Argus, 26 July 2007 (pdf
file - 245,23KB)
Regional plan for fisheries gets underway, The
Star, 26 July 2007 (pdf
file - 150,59KB)
Nature fund releases ecoplan for fisheries,
Business Report, 26 July 2007 (pdf
file - 202,29KB)
WWF launches bid to save SA sea fish stocks,
Citizen, 27 July 2007 (pdf
file - 77,01KB)
The changing state of the BCLME
An expert workshop on climate change and
variability and the impacts thereof on the BCLME region
Over 40 scientists from the BCLME region gathered in Cape Town
in May to discuss the changing state of the Benguela ecosystem.
WWF by-catch report is released
A by-catch assessment study which was co-funded
by the BCLME Programme was released by the global environmental
conservation organisation WWF in South Africa recently. The report
highlights the impact that longline fisheries have on vulnerable
species of seabirds, sharks and sea turtles in the Benguela
ecosystem. It estimates that as many as 34 000 seabirds, 4 200 sea
turtles and over seven million sharks and skates are caught by
longline fishing operations in the Benguela Current Large Marine
Ecosystem (BCLME) annually.
High death toll of sharks from fishing a
worry. The Citizen, 17 April 2007 (pdf
file - 87,56KB)
Visvangpraktyk eis reuse-tol. Die Burger
(Eastern Cape), 17 April 2007 (pdf
file - 541,40KB )
Longline fishing decimating sealife. The
Star, 13 April 2007 (pdf
file - 96,50KB)
Longline fishing bad for sharks, skates - WWF.
Business Day, 13 April 2007 (pdf
file - 31,29KB)
Longline fishing's deadly harvest. The Cape
Times, 13 April 2007 (pdf
file - 264,30KB)
Longline fishing kills 34 000 seabirds a year
- report. EP Herald, 13 April 2007 (pdf
file - 116,27KB)
The deadly harvest of longline fishing. The
Mercury (Durban), 13 April 2007 (pdf
file - 128,04KB)
- Reflecting on the last five years in the fishing industry -
Maritime Southern Africa, March/April 2007 (pdf
doc - 4.85MB)
- Book launch celebrates marine science - Maritime Southern
Africa, January/February 2007 (jpg
image - 137KB)
- Africa is leading the way in ocean governance - Maritime
Southern Africa, September/October 2006 (pdf
doc - 2.37MB).
- African minister visit SA to establish new commission -
Maritime Southern Africa, September/October 2006 (jpg
image - 224KB).
- Namibians geared for growth - Fish Farming International,
August 2006 (pdf
doc - 3.78MB).
a Large Marine Ecosystem
Benguela: Predicting a Large Marine
Ecosystem is now available
from book publishers, Elsevier (www.elsevier.com).
book is a product of the International Workshop on Forecasting and
Data Assimilation in the Benguela and Comparable Systems which was
held in Cape Town in November 2004. The workshop was sponsored by
the BCLME Programme, in partnership with nine other international
and regional agencies.
Predicting a Large Marine Ecosystem
is jointly edited by Vere Shannon of the BCLME Programme, Gotthilf
Hempel of the Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology in Bremen,
Germany, Coleen Moloney of the University of Cape Town, Paola
Rizzoli of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and John
Woods of Imperial College, London. Sally Adams of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the USA is the technical
chapter has been subjected to an international peer review
book is in four parts and captures the essence of the thinking and
knowledge emanating from the workshop. It is regarded as the
definitive work on the variability and predictability of the BCLME.
the book includes a CD-ROM containing a wealth of supplementary
information such as details about the Benguela Forecast Workshop,
observations, animations and model outputs, several papers
presented at the Workshop and comprehensive information about the
BCLME Programme, BENEFIT, SANCOR (the South African Network for
Oceanic Research) and SADCO (the South African Data Centre for
book’s foreword is written by Mick O’Toole, chief technical
advisor to the BCLME Programme, and includes an endorsement by the
ministers responsible for fisheries and marine resources in
Angola, Namibia and South Africa. It is dedicated to Kenneth
Sherman, editor of the Elsevier series on Large Marine Ecosystems.
is possible to order this book online at www.elsevier.com.
relating to the establishment
of the Benguela Current Commission
Three countries to share stock
fish management as: Benguela commission is set up - Fishing
News International, October 2006 (jpeg
image - 237KB)
Current, Commerce and Conservation
- New body set up to manage large Southern African marine
system - Engineering News, 15-21 September 2006 (jpeg
image - 299KB)
Angola, Nam, SA together on
Benguela Current - Namibian Economist, 1 September
2006 (jpeg image -
Benguela-seestroom se nut
ondersoek - Die Rupublikein, 1 September
2006 (jpeg image -
Kooperation fur Meeresschutz
- Allegemeine Zeitung, 31 August 2006 (pdf
doc - 12KB).
Benguela Aggreement Signed
- The Namibian, 31 August 2006 (pd
doc - 77.2KB).
Klimaat 'krap seestroom om'
- Die Burger, 30 August 2006 (pdf
doc - 3.50MB).
Joining hands to govern the
ocean - The Cape Times, 25 August 2006 (pdf
doc - 3.48MB).
A coldwater lifeline - Africa Geographic,
August 2006 (pdf
doc - 12.9MB).
Namibia's oyster farms are poised for massive
growth - Maritime Southern Africa, July/August 2006 (pdf
doc - 7.59MB).
Taking a closer look at the Angola Benguela Front
- Maritime Southern Africa, May/June 2006 (pdf
doc - 2.54MB).
Predicting low-oxygen water and its impact on
fisheries and ecosystems - Science Scope (pdf
doc - 112KB).
photos from the Angola Benguela Front
workshop and the recent Benefit Forum.
- Fisheries Forum Ends On High Note - The Namibian, 10 April 2006
(MS Word doc -
- Marine Sector on Alert - New Era, 5 April 2006 (pdf
doc - 2.45MB).
- Benguela Frontal Nino Havoc - New Era, 5 April 2006 (JPG
image - 258KB).
- Marine Experts Discuss Ocean Changes - New Era, 4 April 2006
- KING CAT Ski Boat donated for Benguela Marine monitoring - Windhoek
Observer, 25 February 2006 (pdf
doc - 2.16MB).
West Africa Fisheries Protection: UNIDO media release, November 2005 (pdf
doc - 46.9KB)
Shared Stocks Research Showcase - Fishing News
International, October 2005 (JPG
image - 134KB).
Regional neighbours unite to protect marine resources - The
Namibian, 15 September 2005 (JPG
image - 154KB).
Symposium highlights BCLME project’s successes - Maritime
Southern Africa, July/August 2005 (MS
Word doc - 27.5KB; JPG
image - 87.3KB).
Seabird mitigation measures do work! - Maritime Southern Africa,
July/August 2005 (MS
Word doc - 34KB; pdf
doc - 1.79MB).
BCLME Highlights Symposium - Summary
of Proceedings (MS Word doc - 187KB).
Newsletter. Issue 3
(2.01MB). June 2005.
Dr Fridjof Nansen to sample from Cape Town to Senegal - Maritime
Southern Africa, May/June 2005 (JPG
image - 518KB).
Dr Maurihungirire takes over as director of the BCLME Programme in
Swakopmund - Die Republikein, 6 May 2005 (JPG
image - 152KB).
Regional workshop puts EAF on the map - SANCOR Newsletter,
March 2005 (pdf
doc - 215 MB).
An African Partnership in Marine and Coastal Management -
BCLME Brochure, March 2005 (pdf
doc - 2.10MB).
Forecasting in the Benguela - Maritime Southern Africa, January/February 2005
(JPG image -
Is it possible to predict boom or bust years in the fishing industry?
- Fishing Industry News, December 2004 (pdf
doc - 1.32MB).
Scientist tracks path of notorious Benguela Niño - University of Cape Town Monday Paper, November 29
- December 5, 2004 (pdf
doc - 3.89MB).
Download and view a video clip (2.18MB) on Benguela Niňo
which was flighted on SABC Africa in November
Benguela-System wird erforscht - Allegemeine Zeitung, 2
November 2004 (pdf
doc - 507KB).
Namibia: Cooperating to Conserve Benguela’s Riches - UN
Integrated Regional Information Networks, 28 September 2004 (MS
Fisheries experts gather in city - The Namibian, 23 September
2004 (pdf doc - 400KB).
Southern Africa checks shellfish - Seafood International,
September 2004 (MS
Word doc-33.5KB; pdf
- Measures planned to end bycatch menace - The Namibian, 12
August 2004 (pdf doc -
- Managing Benguela: an African partnership - World
Conservation (Journal of The World Conservation Union) (MS
Word doc-43.5KB; pdf
- Last journey of the Humboldt - Maritime Southern Africa,
July/August 2004 (MS
- Wonders of the Benguela - SANCOR newsletter, July 2004 (MS
Newsletter. Issue 2
(2.41MB). July 2004.
- Voyage provides insight into fish resources - Fishing
Industry News Southern Africa, June 2004 (pdf
- Report Back – Hake workshop - Fishing Industry News, June
Word doc-42.5KB; pdf
Research yields ton of support - by Maggi Barnard. The Namibian,
1 June 2004 (HTML; pd
- Bronze whalers – solving the puzzle - Maritime Southern
Africa, May/June 2004 (MS
Word doc-39.5KB; pdf
Rocking and Rolling on the Open Sea - by Maggi
Barnard. The Namibian Weekender, 14 May 2004 (HTML; pdf
Research vessel hones in on Namibia’s secrets
- by Maggi Barnard. The Namibian, 13
May 2004 (HMTL; pdf
- BCLME Programme funds key projects - SANCOR Newsletter,
April 2004 (MS
Big, fast and beautiful: the bronzy is an ocean
celeb - by Maggi Barnard. The Namibian, 8
April 2004 (HTML; pdf
- World’s top scientists focus on hake stocks - Maritime Southern
Africa, March/April 2004 (MS
Word doc-51.5KB; pdf
Top scientists assess big hake fisheries - Fishing News International,
March 2004 (HTML,
International hake workshop held - Fishing
Industry News, February 2004 (MS
Word doc-41KB; pdf
One stock, two stocks… whose stocks? - UCT Monday Paper, February 2004 (HTML,
New Studies Will Assess Impacts of Marine Mining - Maritime Southern
2004 (HTML, pdf
Benguela Current Commission helps ecosystem - World Fishing,
Scientists meet to review fall in hake stocks
- Cape Argus, 13 January 2004 (HTML, pdf
Why do South Africa, Namibia and Angola need to work together for
the benefit of the Benguela region? - Maritime Southern Africa, November/December 2003 (HTML, pdf
Programme newsletter. Issue 1
(3.22MB). October 2003.
Single strategy for 1.166m ton fishery - moves to manage Benguela
Current stocks - Fishing News International, October 2003 (HTML,
BCLME Programme encourages regional co-operation
- Fishing Industry
News Southern Africa, October 2003 (HTML,
Benguela ecosystem survival project - Marine Scientist,
Spring 2003 (pdf doc-1.29MB).
New Focus on red tides & low oxygen water
- Maritime Southern Africa, July/August 2003 (HTML, pdf
The Benguela Current: Namibia’s marine
resource received a massive boost - UN in Namibia - The
Newsletter of the United Nations in Namibia. Issue 2, July 2003 (HTML,
First BCLME projects to start in July - Fishing Industry News, June
2003 (HTML, pdf
Mining companies embrace regional initiative
- Maritime Southern
Africa, May/June 2003 (HTML, pdf
The BCLME Programme’s first
projects are advertised nationally and internationally - SANCOR Newsletter, May/June 2003 (HTML, pdf
Highlights of 2002/3 - SADCO Newsletter, May 2003 (pdf
First Benguela contract to be issued by July -
official - The
Namibian, April 2003 (pdf
The Benguela Current Large
Marine Ecosystem Program: A massive boost for monitoring and
management of the Benguela Ecosystem - SANCOR Newsletter, March/April 2003 (HTML,